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Updated: SCC explains test for convicting adults for sex acts with minors

Friday, July 07, 2017 @ 12:22 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Supreme Court has given guidance on prosecuting sex with minors in explaining why its judges threw out charges from the bench against a 35-year-old woman who had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old she reasonably believed was over the age of consent. The court handed down reserved reasons July 7 for its 5-0 April 28 decision restoring appellant Barbara George’s 2015 acquittals at trial on charges of sexual assault and sexual interference: R. v. George 2017 SCC 38.

Justice Clément Gascon reversed a 2016 majority judgment...